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‘New normal’ is abnormal

23 March 2021

Professor Brandon Hamber, Hume O’Neill Chair, has published a new piece in Belfast Telegraph. In my work dealing with the impact of political violence, a constant challenge is reminding people that when addressing survivors’ needs during times of conflict, it is the social context that is often the primary stressor. For example, as much as … Continue reading "‘New normal’ is abnormal"

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Youth, Peace and Security Series

22 February 2021

The Chair is delighted to be help organise and launch the new Youth, Peace and Security Leadership Series. The seminar series will explore the positive contribution of youth to peace. Every 6-8 weeks, an online platform will be created for young leaders to share their experience from around the world. The seminar series is a … Continue reading "Youth, Peace and Security Series"

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CAIN live archive

19 February 2021

Ulster University has confirmed that its highly regarded CAIN archive will be retained as a live and curated archive, made possible by support from Initiatives of Change. The funding follows a consultation in 2019 and comprehensive efforts by the University and the CAIN team to secure the long-term future of the archive. The funding will … Continue reading "CAIN live archive"

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Passing of John J. Sweeney

4 February 2021

Saddened to learn of the death of AFL-CIO President Emeritus, John J. Sweeney. Ulster University offers an annual John J Sweeney Scholarship in his name. It has been a very successful programme so far, attracting some great recipients over the years since his launch to our MSc Peace and Conflict Studies. We feel privileged to … Continue reading "Passing of John J. Sweeney"

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Colombian Truth Commission

16 December 2020

A dialogue was held on 16 December 2020 hosted by the Truth Commission for Colombia entitled “Let’s talk about coexistence and reconciliation”. This reflexive dialogue focused on the mandate of the Commission to promote coexistence and reconciliation. The dialogue sought to learn from international experience to overcome challenges and help strengthening the work of the … Continue reading "Colombian Truth Commission"

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Experiences of Disappearances

15 December 2020

As part of the ongoing “Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared” programme run by Conflict Textiles a new video interview was released on 10 December 2020, Human Rights Day. In this video interview with Nicole Drouilly and Professor Brandon Hamber, Nicole shares, in-depth, her experiences of searching for her sister Jacqueline, husband and unborn child, … Continue reading "Experiences of Disappearances"

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Moment of Truth

12 December 2020

On 12 December 2020, Professor Hamber published a long article in the Belfast Telegraph focusing on the issue of dealing with the past in Northern Ireland, reproduced below. Moment of Truth…Victims of Northern Ireland’s Troubled Past Can’t Wait Forever I started working in Northern Ireland in 1996, the first question I was always asked was: … Continue reading "Moment of Truth"

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Celebrating Rights, Right to Celebrate

9 December 2020

On the evening of 9 December 2020, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and her Youth Panel hosted a seminar to explore how the protections found within the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) can provide a framework for children and young people to confidently celebrate their … Continue reading "Celebrating Rights, Right to Celebrate"

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Militarised Masculinities and Peace

6 November 2020

Professor Hamber took part in podcast as part of Geneva Peace Week (2-6 November 2020) on “Militarised Masculinities and Sustaining Peace: Lessons from the Ground”. Militarised masculinities and its impact on peace has received little attention. Militarised masculinity, an idea of a certain ‘maleness’ that is violent, is central to elites strategies in staying in … Continue reading "Militarised Masculinities and Peace"

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MHPSS in Peacebuilding

22 October 2020

On 15 October the Chair, Professor Brandon Hamber, gave an address to the “Annual Conference 2020: Harnessing Potential” hosted by The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law. The speech focused on the “Enhanced Integration of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Peacebuilding”. The speech focused on sharing the recommendations for the UN Peacebuilding … Continue reading "MHPSS in Peacebuilding"

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